How do I know if I am estrogen dominant or deficient?
There are specific blood tests, saliva and dry urine tests you can take. It’s best to be guided by your symptoms, with the aid of a health professional.
Consider estrogen dominance in cases of:
- early onset menstruation
- heavy and prolonged bleeding
- increased blood clotting
- fibrocystic breast disease
- breast & endometrial cancers, PCOS
- thyroid dysfunction
Accelerated ageing, allergies, autoimmune disorders, magnesium deficiency, copper excess, zinc deficiency and bone loss are further indicators of estrogen dominance.
In contrast, if you are estrogen deficient (such as at menopause) you may experience:
- hot flushes and night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- bladder control problems
- facial hair
- dry thinning skin
- joint or muscle soreness
In the following cases it may be difficult to differentiate whether your estrogen level is too high or too low in relation to progesterone:
- irregular periods
- breast tenderness
- water retention
- middle-aged spread
- hair loss
- foggy thinking, poor concentration and memory lapses
- low energy and fatigue
- depression, anxiety, mood swings
- lowered libido
Remember in all cases the key to balancing your hormone output is to increase progesterone production. In addition, if estrogen dominance is your problem, you may need to take a supplement to help clear harmful excess estrogen from your tissues.
Contact Sheena Hendon Health to find out about your hormonal imbalances and how to treat cause and symptoms